Antenatal Classes

Antenatal classes are run at several locations across Auckland. They are usually run one evening a week over six weeks or over two Saturdays. You will need to book your classes after 14 weeks and most couples attend from about 30 weeks of pregnancy.

You can contact any of the providers below to find out about antenatal classes locally. Times, costs and locations change from time to time.

We suggest you also look at their websites or call for up to date information.

Birthcare ($190) 

Antenatal classes in the Birthcare Building in Parnell.
 
09 374 0800 
birthcare.co.nz

MAMA Maternity ($80-$130) 

Antenatal classes in Sandringham and Manurewa. Multple birth classes 

09 8158108 
mamamaternity.co.nz/

Auckland DHB Antenatal Classes (Fully funded) 
Antenatal classes in Parnell, Panmure, Mt Roskill, Blockhouse Bay and Auckland CBD
contact: pregnancyandparentingadmin@adhb.govt.nz 
pepi.adhb.govt.nz

Parents Centre
 ($280-$315) 
Antenatal classes at several locations across Auckland and outlying areas. 

09 625 0065 
parentscentre.org.nz

Practical Parenting Antenatal ($200)
Antenatal classes in Parnell and The Parenting Place, Greenlane. 
practicalparentingantenatal.com

BREASTFEEDING

KellyMom provides evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting, the website contains so much information - use the search bar!
kellymom.com

BreastFedNZ is a mobile app for breastfeeding support, information and encouragement. Written by an experienced midwife and lactation consultant.
breastfednz.co.nz

Learn more about what's in "Human Milk".
human-milk.com

Breastfeeding Support group 
The La Leche League is a worldwide organisation promoting breastfeeding and supporting mothers who are planning to breastfeed. Their New Zealand website has lots of useful resources and contacts.
lalecheleague.org.nz/

Baby Movements

It is important that you get to know what normal movements for your baby feels like from 24 weeks.

Please make contact immediatly if you notice a significant change in movements.

Movements matter - Watch Video.

Birth PREPARATION

Packing list for Birthcare/Hospital - Open PDF Document

Perineal massage - Open PDF Document 

Warning signs in pregnancy - Open PDF Document

When to call in labour - Open PDF Document

Exercise and Wellbeing

It is important that you remain active and eat nourishing foods - we will discuss this with you in more detail during your appointments.

Family Violence

Talk to someone
One in three women in Aotearoa will experience some form of abuse within their relationship, with many more coming dangerously close. It is never OK for your partner or a member of your family to hurt or control you, if you are experiencing violence.

If you are experiencing violence we are able to access services to assist you and your baby in feeling safe.

Shine
Shine is the country’s largest charity campaigning against family violence. They have a help line available seven days a week and provide a crisis service with access to safe houses in the Auckland area.
Their free national help line number (available 9am to 11pm) is 
0508 744 633.
2shine.org.nz

It's Not OK
"Family Violence - It's Not OK" is based in The Ministry of Social Development and can offer support and information if you are affected by family violence.
Their free national help line number (available 9am to 11pm) is 
0800 456 450
areyouok.org.nz

Listen

Dumbo feather - Rhea Dempsey Podcast

Meditation and Mindfulness

Tea ceremony - Every Monday and Friday 5.30pm book through @cloudhiddentea or contact Toby: 021 0818 4779

Mental health and support:

Lifeline runs a 24 hour helpline and text line for women with post-natal depression giving you access to professional counsellors and trained volunteers. 
Call 0800 543354 or text HELP (4357). 
lifeline.org.nz

Depression.Org is funded by the Ministry of Health and has lots of useful advice and contact information for women (and the partners of women) who may be developing postnatal depression. 
depression.org.nz

Mothershelpers is an Auckland based support group that provides information, advice and support for women with post-natal depression. 
mothershelpers.co.nz

Bellyful cooks and delivers free meals to families with newborn babies and families with young children who are struggling with illness, where there is little or no family or social support. 
bellyful.org

Place of birth options

Home: homebirth.org.nz
Birthcare Auckland: birthcare.co.nz/auckland
Auckland Hospital: nationalwomenshealth.adhb.govt.nz

Pregnancy loss

SANDS (The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society)
SANDS provides support and advice for couples who have recently lost a baby in pregnancy or soon after birth.
sands.org.nz

Miscarriage Support Auckland
A useful website with many links to information on miscarriage. They can also put you in touch with local support groups.
 
miscarriagesupport.org.nz

Read

Spiritual Midwifery - Ina May Gaskin

A is for Advice - Ilana Stanger-Ross 

watch

Reducing fear of birth - Ina May Gaskin